St. Louis: Hermann Schwarz, 1906. First Thus. 12mo (17cm.); publisher's cloth tape-backed pictorial card wrappers, glassine dust jacket; ,62pp.; text printed in red and black throughout. Glassine toned with a few tiny chips and closed tears, front hinge cracked, Wakeman's pencil underlining and checkmarks throughout text, additional extensive notes to blanks (see below), else Very Good overall.
Provenance: Copy of rationalist Thaddeus Burr Wakeman (1834-1913), given to him on August 24, 1911, on board the S.S. Pennsylvania by a Rachel Lillian Andrews "as a 'good bye,' + my problem to be solved by my visit to the first Monist Congress at Hamburg as Delegate from U.S." (p. [iii]). Throughout his trans-Atlantic journey Wakefield used the rear blank leaves of this volume as a diary of the progress made for his speech to be delivered at the Congress and his German lessons with a Mrs. Austin, broken up with evening dancing and concerts. On Sunday, September 3, Wakefield "Finished pencil copy of speech + began it in ink. More German with Mrs. A... English coast!" The following day "Off the cliffs of Dover wrote first letter home to Clara -- more German with Mrs. A corrected her translations." The last two entries of his diary made in Hamburg during the conference, noting a dinner with Professor Wilhelm Ostwald, co-president with Ernst Heinrich Haeckel of the Monist League.
Wakeman was a New York City lawyer and former president of the New York State Freethinkers' Association, his speech delivered at the Congress published two years later in the collection "Addresses of Thaddeus Burr Wakeman at and in Reference to the First Monist Congress at Hamburg, in September 1911" (Cos Cob, CT: 1913). The collection included Wakeman's letter to George E. MacDonald, editor of the "Truth Seeker," in which he writes "Altogether we have had a very pleasant voyage, and I have made several excellent acquaintances that will be very useful for the purposes for which this trip was made" (p. 10). Though Wakeman clearly read Wilde's short work during his trip, mention of the text never made it into his address. This edition not in Mason.